“We have been dampened by low expectations for too long.”–Cory Booker

“Momma always said, ‘Jump at de sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we will get off the ground.”–Zora Neale Hurston

Just when I was about to give up politics completely, I found Cory Booker. I’ve been aware of this freshman senator from New Jersey for some time, but I’d never really looked into his success.

Last weekend, when attending the wedding of the daughter of my best college buddy, I learned about the peace conference he held in Newark. And about a lesson he learned long before throwing his hat into the political ring.

Before considering a serious run, he was advised to go see Momma somebody or another from the projects. I heard this story second hand from my friend who attended the conference so forgive my lack of specifics. It’s the message that counts.

Evidently “Momma” wielded a lot of political pull. So being a sharp guy, a Rhodes scholar and a Yale lawyer, he, of course, chose to pay due diligence. He knocked on Momma’s door, sat down for a chat and soon enough, let her take his hand and tour him around the projects.

“Young man,” she asked. “Tell me what you see here.”

Not sure exactly how to answer, he began a list that most anyone would recite: “Well, there’s a lot of trash. Broken down cars, kids with no direction…..”

“Young man,” she stopped him right there. “As long as that’s all you can see, that’s all you’ll ever see.”

And he got it. He realized that it’s our vision, our ability to imagine a better future that brings a better future about.

So I’ll let Cory (or rather Cory’s quotes) take it from here:

“The world outside of you is a reflection of what you have inside of you. If you see hope every time you open your eyes, then you can help, but if all you see are problems, that’s all there will ever be.”

“All the pieces are here for significant change. The toughest task is getting people to see it in the same compelling way after so many years of having focused on the negative.”

“We must excite people’s imaginations. We must have outrageous, ambitious visions.”

“We’ve got to drastically shake things up. We’re called on in life to do the things other say are impossible.”

Well said, Cory Booker, well said.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

It’s time to push the reset button.

“If beating ourselves up worked, we’d all be thin, rich and happy by now.”—Cheryl Richardson

Louise Hay, my mentor, my publisher and the most awesome 87-year-old on the planet, recommends mirror work. That’s where, rather than asking the mirror, mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all, you look deep into your own eyes and tell the reflection in that bloody mirror that you are beautiful, fabulous, worthy, talented, creative and all sorts of other truths that far out-trump being “fair.”

My friend Rhonda told me she was watching Louise and Cheryl Richardson give a lecture called “You Can Create an Exceptional Life.”  Louise, who touts mirror work on a daily basis, reached into her bra at one point, pulled out a tiny mirror, looked into it and said, “Hey, good-looking. How’s it going?”

Now, that’s someone who walks her talk.

I, too, have been thinking about mirrors.  But more about the big mirror called life. Everything we see out there is a reflection of what’s in here. Inside ourselves.

And just like you wouldn’t notice your lipstick was smudged and try to fix it on the mirror, you can’t really fix the “problems” in your life by fixing them in the mirror of your life. You have to go inside. That’s where everything originates and where all solutions lie.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

Human being training vs. spiritual training. Which do you choose?

“Hey, you don’t want to put that out there in the universe.”—Phoebe Buffay

Happy to be back from Africa and just want to mention a couple things.

1. If you got weird Facebook messages from me, it’s because someone evidently hacked into my Facebook account. I’ve heard impersonation is the highest form of flattery, but this particular impersonator was doing stuff I’d never do—sending IM’s (well I suppose I might someday do that) and trying to con money or something from my FB friends. I’m not sure if this Pam #2 is still out there, but just know that I won’t be IMing anyone or sending messages for some time—at least until this gets cleared up.

2. Because I had little access to computer much of the time (at certain points, I even had no access to electricity or bathrooms) I could have missed some emails and other stuff. If you haven’t heard back from me on some contract I was supposed to sign or bio I was supposed to send, hit me up again.

Lastly, I want to share a thought I had while in Africa.

In the U.S. and most Western countries, we get human being training from the moment we’re born. Human being training teaches us to conform, to follow certain “rules” and “ideas,” mainly revolving around how limited we are. Our well-meaning parents (and I admit, I also indoctrinated my daughter in this way) teach us manners, send us to school, encourage us to learn how to “make a living.”

There’s little or no training on our spiritual selves. Luckily, this bigger part of us is so vast and so all-encompassing that it continually seeps out into the humanness we’ve all mastered.

In many tribes in Africa, particularly those that haven’t yet succumbed to the Western, Capitalist system, the spiritual side is given center stage. One tribe I heard about has an important ritual that starts when a baby is still in the womb.

At seven months, the tribes people ask the about-to-be-born baby what his or her purpose and intention is for this human lifetime. Unlike our Western insistence that we all conform to the same cookie cutter lifestyle (school, work, putting our noses to the grindstones), this tribe wants to know and support each individual’s higher spiritual purpose.

Imagine how different our lives would be if each of us had been asked about our unique gifts and life purposes before we learned to conform.

That’s it for today, folks. I’ll be back on the blog from time to time over the next couple months. I’m hot on the pursuit of finalizing E-Cubed so most of my attention is on delivering a sequel to E-Squared that is going to knock your socks off…or at least some of that old conditioning that no longer serves us.

Thanks for being a part of this revolution in thought.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

“To me, having fun matters more.”–Richard Branson

“The Universe is so good to me. I am blessed and grateful.”– Alessandra Rossi-Filippi, the Best Dramatic Coloratura Soprano in the World.

I’m in Namibia at the Adventure Travel World Summit with 650 delegates from 64 countries. Can someone say amazing?

Because I also meet so many awesome people here on my blog, including Alessandra Rossi-Filippi, who is not only the best dramatic coloratura soprano in the world, but a world class manifester, I have lots of friends to fill in.

Today’s guest post comes from Linda Ford, coach extraordinaire:

The doors of possibility.

I’ve always loved that scene in The Wizard of Oz movie, when Dorothy—who up until that point has been filmed in black and white (or more accurately, sepia)—opens a door and steps into a wonderful world of brilliant color. Suddenly, with the opening of that door, Dorothy (and the audience) is exposed to a new world of possibilities. It’s pure magic…or is it?

For the first 12 years of my young life, I can only remember seeing colors within the grey spectrum. You see, I grew up in post war England amid endless chain-smoking chimney-stacks, ugly factories, slate-roofed houses, and skies full of rain clouds. But then one day, my parents took me on a car ferry ride across the sea to Ireland. When the huge (grey) metal doors of the ferry opened up to let us out, the color-lenses of young eyes clicked into place. The site of green fields and blue skies flooded my vision—I honestly believed I was seeing color for the first time. And I was.

The journey back home to my grey life in England was inevitable, but somehow or other, I knew that my grey life wouldn’t be long for this world. Something in me had shifted. I had experienced a new dimension, a richness of color, and there was no going back to the mediocrity and sameness of grey.

Such opportunities to see a different reality, to glimpse a new possibility and way of being for my life, have teased me my whole life. I use the word tease because I believe that the universe was (and still is) showing me and coaxing me to consider those possibilities. Just when you think there’s only grey, along comes this other preference, this other choice, and it changes you forever. But, only if you let it.

A more recent example is when I found myself living with a man who was all-wrong for me. In the midst of my miserableness, I would see other couples actually enjoying each other’s company—could it be possible that there’s actually a man out there who could not only like me, but adore me? What a concept. And so I would flirt with the dream…the possibility that I could experience a relationship in an entirely new way.

Peering through the door for a quick look is one thing, but stepping through the door to the other side requires a recognition of the truth—the truth to admit that where you are now is just a pale glimmer of the full spectrum of who you really are and the life you could be living. It also demands of you a fairly thick slice of courage—the courage to slam the old door closed, and walk through the new door.

Unlike Dorothy’s door, our earthly doors don’t magically open up for us—they require our input. And it doesn’t happen overnight. It took me five long, painful years to slam my old relationship door shut. But that’s just me—I have a particularly high threshold for suffering. You can begin your journey by leaving the door ajar and permitting yourself to take a peek through it whenever life feels too grey.

Somehow or other, I’ve always known that the version of myself that I dream about, and the version of the life I crave, really do exist somewhere out there in the future. It’s all waiting for me behind that closed door, waiting for me to catch up with it….to step into it.

The next time you allow yourself to get a glimpse of that glorious, colorful version of yourself in a new life, become like Dorothy. Look around with wonder, marvel at what you’re desiring, feel how good it feels, give it a soundtrack. Feel the pull it has on you. And let yourself hang out there for as long as it takes for you to hear birds chirping and symphonies playing. It just may be the universe giving you a sneak peak at your coming attractions. But don’t be surprised or scared if after all this dreaming, you find yourself one day unable to go back to your old life. This is what’s meant to happen. This is the shift moment…the undeniable no-going back moment. You walking through the door is the magic. That’s when you’ll hear yourself say: I’m not in Kansas anymore….that is, unless you want to be.

Linda Ford is a Master certified coach and LOA expert. She teaches women how to break out of a lifestyle that’s blocking their success and the unfolding of their full potential. Linda has been personally trained by Dr. Martha Beck, NY Times best selling author. Her website is: http://www.attractalife.com

What Could Be Worse Than Being a Zombie? Guest post by the inimitable Greg Kuhn

“OMG YOU GUYS it has come to my attention that SOMEONE on the internet is saying that my fictional 19th century zombies are NOT SCIENTIFICALLY SOUND. Naturally, I am crushed. To think, IF ONLY I’d consulted with a zombologist or two before sitting down to write, I could’ve avoided ALL THIS EMBARRASSMENT.”―Cherie Priest

I am going to miss Halloween this year. I’ll be in Namibia walking with the San Bushmen who, come to think of it, wear some pretty cool costumes.

Speaking of “pretty cool,” I have a new buddy who writes about the same stuff I do and he has agreed to fill in with his thought-provoking insight while I’m out of the country. At least for today.

Greg Kuhn (his bio is below) has written a whole series of books about applying quantum physics to the law of attraction. I particularly love the game he invented called, “Grow a Greater Greg.” Only when I play it, I change the title to “Grow a Greater Pam.” Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, but you get the point.

With no further adieu, here’s futurist and fabulous author, Greg Kuhn:

Halloween is almost upon us.

I don’t believe in ghost or monsters. Of course, I realize that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

I’ll be the first to admit, however, that I get scared easily.

The last time I watched Dawn of the Dead, in fact, I was up until 2 AM because I started thinking through what I’d do to protect our house if there was a zombie uprising. And then I started hearing noises outside our house.

Funny, huh? A forty-five-year-old man was unable to sleep, with a case of the creeps like a seven-year-old!

Yet despite the occasional lack of sleep or a heart rate spike, I still expose myself to zombie movies. I suppose, deep down, I enjoy being frightened. But do you know what scares people more than anything else? And not in an enjoyable way?

No, not Honey Boo-Boo.

Death.

That must be why zombies are so scary. But let me suggest that there is actually something exponentially scarier than death. And it’s something that, unfortunately, happens to millions of people each day.

Not being fully alive.

Believing that life is happening “to” you. Feeling powerless over your material experiences. Living as a victim, playing small, and hoping that whoever is in charge of things will someday deem you worthy enough to throw a few scraps from the table your way.

That, my friends, is almost worse than being dead. And it’s certainly scarier. I know; I’ve lived it.

Remember that Mark Twain quote, “The man who doesn’t read is no better off than the man who can’t read”?

This Halloween, amid the ghouls, ghosts, and goblins, tweak that quote and remind yourself that the person who isn’t fully alive is no better off than the zombie.

Lucky for you, you know how to be fully alive. Simply remember to tell yourself better-feeling, believable stories, aligning your beliefs with your desires. Play “Grow a Greater Me” today with all the gusto and enthusiasm it deserves and you will solidify your standing among the ranks of those fully alive.

And keep Max Brooks’, The Zombie Survival Guide, on your nightstand. Just in case.

About the Author

Greg Kuhn is a professional educator and a futurist, specializing in framing new paradigms for 21st Century living. Devoted readers have dubbed him “The Law of Attraction Science Guy”.

Until 2012, he wrote primarily with his father, Dr. Clifford Kuhn, M.D., about health, wellness, and productivity.

Since 2012, Greg has been busy writing his acclaimed Why Quantum Physicists… series: Why Quantum Physicists Do Not Fail, Why Quantum Physicists Don’t Get Fat, Why Quantum Physicists Create More Abundance, and Why Quantum Physicists Do Not Suffer. His newest book, How Quantum Physicists Build New Beliefs, will be out in October 2013. All are available on Amazon.

Greg Kuhn lives in Louisville, KY with a wonderful wife and four fantastic sons (one by marriage) whom he couldn’t write without; you can read more at his website, http://www.whyquantumphysicists.com

The anatomy of an illness A.K.A. the ego’s secret weapon

“A sick thought can devour the body’s flesh more than fever or consumption.”—Guy de Maupassant

You might have heard that the American Psychiatric Association came out with a new manual this year for diagnosing mental illness. It’s called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and you probably won’t be surprised to learn that there are a number of new “diseases” in this 5th edition.

The first DSM, that came out in 1952, listed 26 general disorders. Today, there are more than 400.

I’m not here to debate whether we’re 16 times crazier today, but I have observed that illness (of all kinds) usually starts in the mind and goes from there.

Steven Pressfield, recent Oprah interviewee and author of one of my favorite books (The War of Art) said that his boss at a Madison Avenue ad agency instructed him to invent a disease, because “then we can sell the hell out of its cure.”

According to A Course in Miracles, my main spiritual practice, our physical bodies are potent tools used by the ego for obscuring Truth, for hiding our bodies inherent natural healing power.

Here’s how it works:

1. You notice something’s off.

2. You begin focusing on it.

3. You wonder what “it” might be (as opposed to knowing this
Truth—that you are a child of the most high and cannot inherit illness)

4. You begin investing in it.

5. You give it a name.

6. You google it, start telling your friends about it, you join a support group.

Jill Boelte Taylor, a Harvard-trained neuroanatomist who studies the brain and became famous for her Ted Talk, “My Stroke of Insight,” says that an unresisted thought passes through the brain in 90 seconds.

That is unless you decide to apply the above six steps.

Just saying……

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

“Magical things are happening.” –Clare Louise McAlaney

“What a wondrous day! Truly, the more I keep looking for amazing things, the more amazing things keep happening!”—Clare Louise McAlaney

If you’ve been partying here on my blog for any length of time, you know I love sharing miracle stories.

And since my beautiful daughter is home on fall break (which for anybody who knows me, knows that translates out to: we are out having fun and practicing being rich), I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a couple more. Which should be fair warning to anyone who emails me, you could end up on this stage. Usually, I DO ask permission first.

In the last hour alone, I’ve received two emails from readers who say they’ve lost major poundage from doing the Jenny Craig experiment. That means doing nothing but blessing your food and throwing away old patterns of chastising yourself before eating it.

To them, I say Congratulations! Keep reworking those thoughts. “Losing weight is easy” should be the dominant ticker tape running across your consciousness.

And here’s a fun story from Spirit Stylist & Angel Therapy Practitioner, Camille Rey.

“I manifested a double jogging stroller a few weeks ago–in a matter of hours.

“I have three kids and finding time to exercise is very difficult. Money is tight. No gym membership. Minimal regular childcare for my youngest, 12 months and 4.5 years.

“I thought about what I needed and the answer came to me that I needed a double jogging stroller. But, I didn’t have the money.”

Within two hours, Camille got an email from a friend offering her a….you guessed it? A double jogging stroller.-a2stroller

“Now I am running for the first time in more than two years!” she says.

I would have probably given Camille the trophy for speediest manifestation (two hours? I mean this gal’s good), but then I heard from Dave Bonner who was doing the Dear Abby Experiment.

Here’s what he wrote:

“A few months ago I randomly met a wonderful woman on the tube in London, and we immediately felt a connection. We exchanged numbers over a coffee, but then due to us both having just moved to London, almost two months passed before we made contact again, and went out for lunch. A few days later we went out for a romantic dinner, and the evening was perfect. Candlelight, good conversation, and a deep sense of like-mindedness and a strong connection.

“However, afterwards, I didn’t hear from her for quite a while – no reply to emails, or text messages. I started to worry that I had done something or said something wrong, to push her away, as I couldn’t get hold of her. So – this Sunday just gone, I am sitting on the train on the way back down to London, and I am reading your chapter on inner guidance. I decide to ask the universe if the woman I met is right for me – if I should invest the time and energy in persisting with it (she has not been great at keeping in touch, which had me worried). So I asked the FP for a definitive answer. 48 hours, show me something which will send me a strong message, is this going somewhere, yes or no. I made a note of the time, it was 16:13.

“I spent the rest of the journey home, and my subsequent journey to work this morning, keeping one eye on my phone, and the other on the world around me, looking for a sign of some sort.

“When I get to work, guess what? I fire up my email, and get a double surprise. First – a lovely email from her, apologising for not being in touch, and re-assuring me that she is interested but has been busy. But the second, and more astounding fact – was the time she sent the message – 16:14 – less than a minute after I had made my demand of the FP.”

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

Why the parlor game “Seven Degrees of Kevin Bacon” gives us hope

“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” –Aibilene Clark, from the book and movie, The Help

This is a shout-out to the anonymous person who taped uplifting affirmations to the bathroom stall at the Sandbar’s new sub shop in Lawrence, Kansas.

Your words reminding me that “I am beautiful. I am powerful. I am capable of great things” made me so happy and reminded me that the simplest of things, the tiniest of actions can impact the world.

Your affirming words not only added joy to my day, but they elevated the energy of every person I encountered from that moment forward.

I once saw a comic strip where the boss scolded his employee who went home and took it out on his wife who then screamed at the kids. In the last frame, the toddler is sitting outside on the front porch shaking her finger at the puzzled dog.
That boss had no idea the chain of events he started when he chose to criticize rather than encourage.

You’re probably heard of the parlor game, “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”, which suggests that any two people on earth are, on average, a mere six acquaintance links apart.

I like to think of those beautiful human bonds when I get discouraged, overwhelmed by the issues in the news. It’s tempting to wonder what I, one solitary person from Kansas, can do to solve the political chasm, what I, a single mom with a couple twitter followers, can do to stop gun violence.

And then I remember. I can invite my neighbor over for ham and eggs. I can bake a casserole for the new mom that just came home from the hospital.

Yes, we’re all different, have varying political beliefs and religious affiliations. But every last one of us eventually shows up in the same bathroom stall.

One tiny sheet of paper. Five simple lines. Tiny actions sending beautiful ripples out into the universe.

Leave a comment below with the words you’d like to leave on the door of your bathroom stall.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

“Life is a helluva lot more fun if you say yes rather than no.” – Richard Branson

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer.”–John Lennon

Remember when you were in grade school picking teams for say, kickball or Red Rover?

Even if you weren’t the team captain, you knew exactly who you wanted on your team.

Every single third-grader knew who was the fastest player, the most daring, the one most likely to succeed in breaking through the meaty arms of the classroom bully brigade.

We still today get to choose who’s on our team, who leads the executive committee in our minds. Only now it boils down to two team players.

There’s the ego, the PR person for fear and limits.

Or there’s the Field of Unlimited Possibilities (the FP).

I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking “no-brainer.”

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

Why it’s time to press the play button

“A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men.”—Roald Dahl

This morning–Monday bright and early–I was invited to a party. I don’t think the hosts called it that. Officially, it’s a weekly mastermind group started by four life coaches who call in from all over the country to talk “possibility.”

Because they’re currently reading E-Squared and going through the experiments, they graciously invited me on to the call. Since “I’m just a girl who cain’t say no” to anybody talking about intentions and law of attraction and well, anything that’s fun, I, of course, said, “I’d love to.”

They shared a great story about the Volkswagen Jetta Principle, the one that states: “You impact the energy field and draw from it according to your beliefs and expectations.”

Rather than looking for yellow butterflies and sunset beige cars, two of my suggestions that many readers took quite literally, they showed a little initiative and decided they, as a group, were going to find orange boats and priests.

First off, I LOVE their creativity. How fun are priests and orange boats!

And since, well, they’re “professional manifesters” (most coaches are well-versed in most of these principles), all four easily found orange boats and priests, even the coach who lives in Arizona, far from a body of water.

So, here’s the take-away:

Hit the play button. Together, the four of them, made this principle really fun. As Linda Ryan, said “I was almost giddy with excitement.” Jean Kuhn, another one of these amazing coaches, joked that she found herself smiling eagerly at every man walking down the street, hoping for a priest collar. And one of them even found a troll doll dressed like a priest. Who knew?

What you’re looking for might be right under your nose. As Linda shared on her blog post, “Within 30 seconds of deciding on orange boats and priests, I became aware of how much orange was within five feet of me. It had been there all along, but I didn’t notice it until we started talking about it.”

One of the things I’m writing about in E-Cubed, the new book I’m currenly writing for Hay House, is the fact that everything necessary for electricity was available even during cavemen times. They just didn’t know to a) look for it or b) how to put the principles together.

The good news is we do!! And we’re learning how to use these spiritual principles to make a world that works for everyone.

Your preconceived notions tend to get in the way. One of my playmates on the call was at a marina during her 48 hours and thought, “Hmm, this should be easy. I’ll find an orange boat here.” Instead, she found it in a catalog.

She also decided to drive down a street where she knew there was a Catholic church. “Never know when a priest could emerge.”

Instead, she was led to a photograph of Buddhist monks…..wearing, you guessed it, bright orange.

The point is that once we decide HOW our intentions will manifest, we put a big straitjacket around the Field of Potentiality, giving it exactly one avenue to deliver our gifts.

The F.P. is infinite and has gazillions (actually way more) of avenues to deliver your blessings and miracles.

Why would I want to give it my ideas which, as I repeatedly have pointed out, are invariably teensy-weensy compared to infinitude.

So, I just want to reiterate. Spiritual principles are meant to provide joyful, big-ass fun, not a bunch of rules and regulations.

This is a party, folks, a love train and together we can turn this orange boat around.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.